Choose the problem you want to tackle. Start by identifying a place or experience in your classroom, your school, or your community which you think could be improved…and which you have the power to change.
- Decide what subject, theme, or place you want to focus on.
- Talk about issues you’ve noticed within that subject, theme, or place.
- Spend as much time in the presence of the problem as you can. Record your observations.
- Notice what seems to excite and engage the group, what they most care about—this is a powerful place to start.
- Have you defined your problem clearly? Often it helps to frame your challenge as a guiding question: ‘How might we…?’
- Have you identified a realistic scale for your project? You may not be able to solve the problem of homelessness in your community, for example, but maybe you can help connect homeless people with resources like food and shelter in your area.